matildasmom (matildasmom) wrote,

This weekend Matilda and I went to a DASH AKC trial in Costa Mesa.  First I've decided I should celebrate the positive.  We earned our JWW Open Preferred title, taking first place.  Two other Labradoodles actually took second and third place. If I dare, we can now run Excellent  JWW courses.Saturday's runs and today's Standard runs didn't go well. Saturday's JWW had off courses. In both Standards Matilda missed contacts and there were other problems. Somehow I need to learn to harness Matilda's over the top energy or to bring it to a level where she can think. Here is Sunday's Standard run. We still need one more leg in Novice.Once she misses contacts that throws me off, too. My handling after the dog walk was late and bad. I have a knee that has been bothering me since summer so I don't trust my knee. That keeps me from running full out and with confidence. I need to work contacts with her in a non-trial setting but work her up to trial level energy and stress if I can.

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